Judy Pfaff’s fierce independence has put her in an exalted but precarious position. Though she has been assembling abstract sculptures, installations, and drawings for over four decades, she is making some of her strongest work today. Pfaff was included in the 1975, 1981, and 1987 Whitney Biennials. In 1994, she began teaching at Bard College, where she currently co-directs the Studio Arts Program. Since starting at Bard, she has lived and worked in upstate New York—first in Kingston and now in Tivoli—a two-hour drive from her former Brooklyn studio and miles away from any art world tumult. She was presented with a prestigious MacArthur “genius” Award in 2004, and her work has been the subject of several documentaries, including a 2007 segment in the PBS series “Art21.” Although Pfaff has recently had exhibitions at respected galleries in St. Louis and New York City, including a five-decade survey at Ameringer McEnery Yohe, she is an artist’s artist: deeply admired, respected, even imitated, by colleagues, youthful peers, and art world insiders, but not aggressively acquired today by museums or big-name collectors.
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Missing Elizabeth and Jeanette, 2011. Steel wires, various plastics and papers, shellacked Chinese paper lanterns, and fluorescent light, 38 x 30 x 17 in.